Dunglish – Dutch English

‘Spring is in the air’ said Churchill to our former Dutch prime minister Gerbrandy, who replied: ‘Why should I?’ English seems to become a predominant language in the Netherlands, especially in big companies and at universities. This might lead to some confusion, but perhaps it will also enrich the English language. Alison Edwards states that ‘new’ Englishes arise from Asia, Africa and Europe. She emphasizes the role of postcolonial processes and the forces of globalization. Are we at the dawn of Dunglish, a Dutch variety of English?

Alison Edwards works at the University of Cambridge, focusing on new varieties of English.

Tuesday March 10th, 19.30-21.00 hrs.